Jan­uary Fri­day for the Arts!

Event fea­tures new art ex­hibits, mu­sic, food and more

The Progress-Index - - ENTERTAINMENT - From Staff Re­port

Walk­ing through the streets of down­town Peters­burg in Jan­uary, view­ing new art ex­hibits and lis­ten­ing to a va­ri­ety of mu­sic is a cool way to spend a Fri­day night in the city.

On Fri­day, Peters­burg will present its Jan­uary 2017 Fri­day for the Arts! The cel­e­bra­tion will of­fer mu­sic, art, en­ter­tain­ment, fun ac­tiv­i­ties, food, re­fresh­ments, new wines, new beers, and spir­its. There will be mu­sic in at least 10 per­form­ing arts venues, and there will be ex­hibits at The Ward Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Art, Old Towne Stu­dio 7, the Bistro at Mar­ket and Grove, and the Peters­burg Area Art League (PAAL).

PAAL will fea­ture two lo­cal artists, Ivan Perkin­son and Paul Pen­rod in the Main Gallery this month. In the Mem­bers’ Gallery, Dis­putanta res­i­dent, Sharon Den­mark, will dis­play her acrylic on can­vas works.

Perkin­son, of­ten re­ferred to as “the artist from Ma­toaca” fea­tures wa­ter­col­ors cre­ated over the past 25 years, since his first art les­son at the age of 46. Many of them de­pict lo­cal scenes, build­ings and churches in and around the Vil­lage of Ma­toaca. Of his art­work, 161 orig­i­nal paint­ings have been made into prints and cards.

Shar­ing the Main Gallery with Perkin­son is Peters­burg res­i­dent, Paul Pen­rod, whose draw­ings com­bine his two pas­sions of art and his­tory.All of Pen­rod’s draw­ings tell a story from his­tory.

Den­mark en­ti­tles her show, “Wave­lengths.” Her ex­hibit in the Mem­bers’ Gallery in­cludes about 20 pieces of acrylic on can­vas with an em­pha­sis on the nat­u­ral world and the in­ter­play of light and color.

PAAL’s Jan­uary ex­hibit runs through Sun­day, Feb. 5. PAAL’s Fri­day for the Arts! gallery shows start at 6 p.m. Call 804-8614611 for more in­for­ma­tion or visit www.paalart.org . PAAL is lo­cated at 7 East Old Street in Peters­burg.

The Ward, 132 N Sycamore St., fea­tures shows by Joey Northrop and a demon­stra­tion ex­hibit of popotilla art by Mart­ing Gon­za­lez, and continues no fewer than 10 other gallery ex­hibits, as well as at least 25 res­i­dent stu­dio artists.

In ad­di­tion, ex­hibits of work by Joey Northrop will be on dis­play at An­drade’s; an ex­hibit of new work by Pat Har­vey and Mil­lie Young­blood Horner will con­tinue at The Bistro; a ret­ro­spec­tive ex­hibit of work by Ken Graves will be shown at Abi­gail’s An­tiques; and an ex­hibit of ab­strac­tions by Erin Copeland will be on dis­play at the Old Towne Stu­dio 7.

Solo singer/gui­tarist Jo­ce­lyn Old­ham will be per­form­ing through­out the evening at The Ward. Flutist Iris Schwartz will be per­form­ing at PAAL. Other en­ter­tain­ers at var­i­ous spots around town in­clude: the Scot­tish singers of Clan Hag­gis at Tra­monto Ris­torante, Matt Via & The Dirty Run­aways at Old Towne’s Al­ibi, Bobby Horne at Ade­laids, Rudy Faulkner & Friends at Croaker’s Spot, the Si­na­tra-style crooner Joe LaLuna at Maria’s, Todd Tip­ton & Nathan Via at Old Towne Stu­dio 7, Rick El­liott in the Mar­tini Lounge at Wabi Sabi, and Fish Out of Wa­ter in the Mu­sic Room at Wabi.

Mu­sic can be heard from 6 p.m. Fri­day to 1 a.m. Satur­day.All are welcome at the city’s monthly cel­e­bra­tion of the arts.


This piece is part of an ex­hibit by Peters­burg res­i­dent Paul Pen­rod that will be on dis­play at the Peters­burg Area Art League dur­ing Fri­day for the Arts. Pen­rod’s draw­ings com­bine his two pas­sions of art and his­tory.


Solo singer/gui­tarist Jo­ce­lyn Old­ham will be per­form­ing through­out the evening Fri­day at The Ward Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Art as part of Peters­burg’s Fri­day for the Arts!

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